Explore the Link Between Ambition and Evil in Lord of the Flies and Macbeth

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In Golding’s’ wartime novel, human nature is put under the microscope by a Misanthropist, dead set on exposing Humanity for what it holds; Innate evil. Evil in what way you ask? In ambition. For in our world, Shakespeare’s, and Golding’s, Ambition truly is the source of all evil. In Macbeth, Shakespeare does well to disguise ambition as the true source of villainy, behind the façade that is Lady Macbeth and the witches. Without ambition, there would never be any action, no good, no evil, would Eve have picked the apple from the garden of Eden, without the ambition to gain further knowledge? The two traits of evil and ambition are well aligned in both pieces of literature, and too in real life, and this essay aims to explore the link they…show more content…
However, upon meeting the witches upon the unruly, barren wasteland of the Heath, he becomes “rapt withal” in the words of Banquo. With the possibility of Kingship seeded in his mind, his ambitions begin to change direction, shifting to a more evil one, how else to obtain the position of King when not in the bloodline? In terms of structure, Macbeths increased use of Asides in scene 3 is indicative of this change of mind, for if his thoughts were innocent, would they not be shared with his best friend Banquo? Macbeth questions if he has to do anything to become king here “(Aside) If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir”. I believe that he subconsciously justifies the act of murdering the king here, as in the previous aside, the thought of murdering the king “Unfixes his air…makes my seated heart knock at the ribs….whose murder is yet fantastical”. This quote shows how the thoughts of committing this usurpation of power both startles him yet feels unavoidably natural too. Already, this early in the play, evil and ambition are intertwined, with Macbeths’ innocent ambitions of higher power, now existing through plots of an evil nature, manifesting themselves in his mind. Contextually, Banquo was King James’ cousin, and so Shakespeare was Obsequious and bestowed the character within the play with good ambition and godly values. Macbeth and Banquo are after all, equals up to the Heath scene, both fighting

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